DO YOU SEEK THE LORD?
by Wayne S. Walker
"I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" (Psalm 34:4). After David was anointed to be king, he became the object of Saul’s jealousy and eventually had to flee for his life. On a couple of occasions, he even had to live among the enemies of God’s people, the Philistines, to escape Saul’s wrath. However, at first the Philistines did not trust him fully either, and he had to act like a madman (see 1 Samuel 21:10-15). The heading of Psalm 34 says, "A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed." However, even when David was in situations where his life was in danger, he fully trusted the Lord to preserve Him.
David said, "I sought the LORD." David had been driven from his homeland. He was separated from his family. Many of his friends had forsaken him. Yet, he still knew that he could seek the Lord. "So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:37). Whenever those of us who are Christians are faced with trials or difficulties in life, regardless of whom else we may or may not be able to ask for help, we too can always seek the Lord by letting our requests be made known unto God in prayer (Philippians 4:6).
Furthermore, David knew that "He heard me." God has promised to hear the prayers of His people. In this same Psalm David later noted, "The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry" (v. 15; cf. 1 Peter 3:12a). As I face the various tribulations of life and cry out to the Lord, whatever happens, it is of great comfort for me to know that He will hear me because "O yes, He cares, I know He cares, His heart is touched with my grief; When the days are weary, the long night dreary, I know my Savior cares" (Frank E. Graeff; cf. 1 Peter 5:7). David firmly believed that God listened to Him.
The result was that God delivered David from all his fears. God will deliver His people. He has promised that He will not allow us to be tempted or tried beyond what we are able, but will with every temptation also make a way of escape that we may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13). He may not always remove the temptation or problem, but if we trust Him, He can and will deliver us from all our fears. Therefore, let us also seek the Lord.